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STORYCORPS: Passing A Statewide Smoke-Free Law

Kentucky Center For Smoke Free Policy

This week in StoryCorps, meet the Lexington legislator trying to round up votes for passage of a statewide smoke-free law.

It’s time for another visit to the StoryCorps project commemorating the tenth anniversary of Lexington’s no-smoking ordinance.  The history making vote represented a significant cultural shift in tobacco-rich Kentucky. 

Now, lawmakers in Frankfort are being asked to consider passing a state-wide public indoor smoking ban.  Today we hear from State Representative Susan Westrom of Lexington, the sponsor of the bill.  Over the summer she and Tonya Chang, Advocacy Director with the American Heart Association, met up in the StoryCorps booth to talk about the journey they’ve shared together.

Special thanks to the Kentucky Center for Smoke Free Policy for sharing the audio from their grant-funded oral history project.

Information on smoke free policies is available at kcsp.uky.edu.